In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will attend the next meeting of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6) that will meet from 4 to 8 February 2019. IACS has submitted, or co-sponsored, eleven papers to this meeting on the following issues:

  • SDC 6/3/4 – comments on the report of the Correspondence Group on Safe Mooring Operations and opines that, to facilitate the global and consistent implementation of these new provisions, either the draft new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8.7 and the supporting guidance could be revised; or the HSSC survey guidelines could be revised. IACS prefers the latter proposal rather than adding more prescriptive content to the draft guidelines;
  • SDC 6/4/2 – proposes a minor correction to SOLAS regulation II-1/17-1.1.1 (Integrity of the hull and superstructure, damage prevention and control on ro-ro passenger ships) to clarify the current ambiguity which causes confusion when interpreting how vehicles can be loaded into spaces below the bulkhead deck; 
  • SDC 6/4/3 – proposes amendments to SOLAS regulations II-1/13.5.1 and II‑1/13.6 (Watertight door remote control positions) to extend the remote operating positions, from the navigation bridge and the location above the bulkhead deck, to other locations in light of the requirement in SOLAS regulation II-2/23.6 (Safety centre on passenger ships) and the available computer technologies; 
  • SDC 6/7, SDC 6/7/Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3 – provides a draft new consolidated version of the International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (ESP Code). This paper is co-sponsored by IACS and the IMO Secretariat; 
  • SDC 6/9 – proposes further clarifications to the unified interpretation of paragraph 3.4.2 of part B of the 2008 IS Code, as provided in MSC.1/Circ.1537, regarding the assumptions for calculating loading conditions; 
  • SDC 6/9/1 – provides an update of IACS Unified Interpretation (UI) SC156 on doors in watertight bulkheads of cargo and passenger ships that takes account of recent amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-1 and the associated Explanatory Notes; 
  • SDC 6/9/3 – provides a draft unified interpretation of SOLAS regulations II‑1/22-1 and II-2/21.4.13 regarding safe return to port requirements for flooding detection systems; and 
  • SDC 6/9/4 – provides the latest version of IACS UI SC123 that addresses service tank arrangements for low sulphur distillate and residual grade fuel oils; fuel switchover; and definitions of the type of fuel oil (SOLAS regulation II‑1/26.11). 

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee, both in plenary and the Working, Expert and Drafting Groups that are expected to be established, on a number of other issues. In particular, IACS will contribute to the discussions on:

  • Revised SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 and associated guidelines (MSC.1/Circ.1175) and new guidelines for safe mooring operations for all ships;
  • Review of SOLAS Chapter II-1, Parts B-2 to B-4, to ensure consistency with Parts B and B-1 with regard to watertight integrity;
  • Finalization of second generation intact stability criteria; and
  • Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages.

 Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Paul Sadler, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at permsec@iacs.org.uk

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